come to live with and work with there for the environment we had. we felt we needed more, not less. >> so all the experts on the ground are telling headquarters at the state department we need this. and the answer kept coming back as -- >> you've got to do with less. for what reasons i don't know. >> do those believe that if in fact those security teams had not been withdrawn although they can't really know the answer to this, but they may have been able to resist the attack and save lives? >> they talked about that. colonel wood wonders, says armed members of his military team as well as the companion state department team would have traveled to benghazi with ambassador wood. on that day, the u.s. was down 34 highly trained security officers in libya compared to six months before. the state department told officials sorting through everything they don't see evidence of a lot of security requests that were denied. charlie? >> sharyl attkisson, thank you. you can see more of this story tonight on the cbs evening news with scott pelley. gas prices continue to skyrocket in california.